AEOLIUS's SparkPeople Blog AEOLIUS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Swimming: 66 laps today 66 laps in a little over 60 minutes. <BR> <BR> I usually swim a little farther (and for a little longer), but the extra sleep made this feel great! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a travel day. I'm hoping to get a 20-minute workout in before I leave for the airport. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:29:47 EST Raking Leaves Exercise + Getting yard work done = Double satisfaction. Tue, 9 Oct 2012 09:38:00 EST early start My work shift started before 6:00 a.m. (5:45 a.m. to be exact) this morning. I was too tired to do the 20-minute workout I had hoped to do instead. *sigh* Sun, 7 Oct 2012 08:52:20 EST Yoga X 90 minutes of yoga this morning. Man, I feel great! Tomorrow is an early start so I'm aiming for a 20-minute workout. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 10:09:11 EST Sleep over exercise. That was my choice this morning. So far, so good. I wonder how I'll feel about this decision at the end of the day. Fri, 5 Oct 2012 10:35:01 EST Wellness begets wellness There's this commercial (maybe for a Special K product) where it shows how different the day is when you start out doing something healthy vs. when you start out doing something unhealthy. Obviously the point of the commercial is to make you want to buy the product to change your whole life, which isn't necessary. But it does seem to hold true. If I exercise first thing in the morning and eat healthily up until noon, I will have a completely different day then if I omit either of those thi... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:47:55 EST Fascinating site that uses many of the same principles found in SparkPeople. My longest run so far has been 10 days. Still looking for that elusive 21-day stretch. Wed, 3 Oct 2012 08:32:49 EST Illness gone, Yoga Resumed Such a much better morning today than the previous six. <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Oct 2012 16:40:56 EST Sick. Still sick. <BR> <BR> Still crabby. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will hopefully be better. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 11:55:22 EST Two years absent It's been over two years since I was on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I think they realized others fell off when they reached the highest available trophy (which used to be 60,000) and now there are additional levels. <BR> <BR> I swam 72 laps (2 miles) today. <BR> <BR> I'm attending yoga camp later this month and will end it with a RYT-200 certificate. <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:02:40 EST Day of the Big Trophy I anticipate crossing 60,000 SparkPoints today. <BR> <BR> I have been pursuing this particular goal for most of 2010. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what my SparkPeople activity level will be beyond this--I'm eating well; I exercise regularly, and to quote so many informercials these days, "I'm in the best shape of my life." <BR> <BR> What will tomorrow bring when there's no pretend trophy just beyond my virtual grasp? <BR> <BR> Probably, more of the same healthy habits that I've spent the last 2... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 09:13:24 EST Mojo I need to get my mojo back. <BR> <BR> Maybe I should refer to it as my "spark" given the website hosting this blog. <BR> <BR> Either way, I'm going to need it if I'm going to make it through P90X for a 7th time... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 13:04:00 EST Yoga Mondays I teach yoga on Mondays, a 5:30 a.m. Power Yoga class, and a noon Yoga Core class. <BR> <BR> Mondays have become my favorite day of the week because of this. <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Aug 2010 11:21:30 EST YMCA Triathalon Results 3rd place. <BR> <BR> my swim time was not as good as I had hoped (6:04 for 1/4 mile open water swim). <BR> <BR> looking forward to competing next year... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 14:37:11 EST day before YMCA triathalon taking it easy today, resting up. <BR> <BR> eating well, and got plenty of sleep. <BR> <BR> looking forward to tomorrow... <BR> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 07:33:36 EST 2 Days until YMCA Triathalon 50 laps this morning. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a rest day. <BR> <BR> Saturday--race day. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 11:49:33 EST Last Night Shift Glad to be done. <BR> <BR> 72 hours this week. Ugh. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to rejoining the land of daylight. Tue, 24 Aug 2010 01:48:24 EST Yoga Class 1 hour and counting... <BR> <BR> Quite frankly, I can't wait! Mon, 23 Aug 2010 05:11:13 EST Fatigue The Spanish pronunciation is fah-tee-gay. <BR> <BR> For whatever reason, I feel like saying it that way really embodies a more meaningful expression of what the words means. <BR> <BR> That is how I am feeling today. Sun, 22 Aug 2010 05:11:37 EST Crabby Daddy I am grumpy tonight. <BR> <BR> It probably has something to do with the 4th night shift in a row and our pervasive culture of "not my responsibility." <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to improve my attitude in the next 8 hours. <BR> <BR> I wish my yoga class was tomorrow morning instead of 2 days from now. <BR> Sat, 21 Aug 2010 23:27:11 EST Triathalon Countdown a little less than 2 weeks to go. <BR> <BR> new teammates, same race. <BR> <BR> hoping for the best! Tue, 17 Aug 2010 09:24:24 EST Weakness This is my specialty. <BR> <BR> It's not what I trained for, but it is what I've become an expert in diagnosing and treating. <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Aug 2010 12:46:37 EST Too many rest days Between traveling to and from Chicago in a single day, registering my daughter for school, and working > 50 hours in 4 days, my workouts have suffered. <BR> <BR> Rest days are important, but I feel like I've had too many of them. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping for a more regular workout schedule this following week. Sat, 7 Aug 2010 10:21:11 EST Rest Day Today because of busy work yesterday, muscle soreness, and overall fatigue, was a rest day. <BR> <BR> I'm glad I took it. <BR> <BR> It would have been even more restful, were I not at work today. Sun, 1 Aug 2010 14:19:12 EST Legs & Back Not enough time to get in Ab Ripper X with it. <BR> <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> It's tough to get up at 4:30 a.m. to workout and then pull a 12-hour shift. <BR> Sat, 31 Jul 2010 09:47:01 EST Swimming Laps - 55 HIIT 6 warm-up <BR> 1 crawl, 1 back <BR> 2 crawl, 1 rest <BR> 3 crawl, 1 back <BR> 4 crawl, 1 back, 1 rest <BR> 5 crawl, 1 back, 1 rest <BR> 5 crawl, 1 back, 1 rest <BR> 4 crawl, 1 back, 1 rest <BR> 3 crawl, 1 rest <BR> 2 crawl, 1 back <BR> 1 crawl, 1 rest <BR> 5 cool-down <BR> Fri, 30 Jul 2010 11:07:57 EST Swimming Laps 68 total <BR> <BR> 5 crawl, 10 crawl, 18 crawl <BR> 6 backstroke, 6 backstroke <BR> 6 kickboard, 6 kickboard <BR> 6 warm-up <BR> 5 cool-down <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 09:55:55 EST Swimming HIIT 6 laps warm-up <BR> 1 crawl, 1 back <BR> 2 crawl, 1 rest <BR> 3 crawl, 1 back <BR> 4 crawl, 1 back, 1 rest <BR> 5 crawl, 1 back, 1 rest <BR> 4 kickboard <BR> 5 crawl, 1 back 1 rest <BR> 4 crawl, 1 back, 1 rest <BR> 3 crawl, 1 back <BR> 2 crawl, 1 rest <BR> 1 crawl, 1 back <BR> 4 kickboard <BR> 2 cool-down <BR> Fri, 23 Jul 2010 08:00:53 EST Fatigue Getting better, getting better. <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 22:41:05 EST Swimming 55 laps <BR> <BR> 174 lbs. <BR> <BR> 6 warm-up <BR> 1, 1 <BR> 2, 1 <BR> 3, 1 <BR> 4, 2 <BR> 5, 2 <BR> 5, 2 <BR> 4, 2 <BR> 3, 1 <BR> 2, 1 <BR> 1, 1 <BR> Kickboard / cool-down Sat, 17 Jul 2010 11:44:38 EST Isolated Day Shift Better than an isolated night shift. <BR> <BR> I still dislike this one workday in the middle of a stretch of nothing, however. <BR> <BR> *sigh* <BR> Thu, 15 Jul 2010 09:21:20 EST Swim, Walk, Bike This has been my exercise pattern for two days in a row. <BR> <BR> It won't happen tomorrow (as I am working), but I have enjoyed it on my days off. <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 Jul 2010 11:15:09 EST Night #4 (longest) 13.5 hours tonight. <BR> <BR> 10.5 hours tomorrow. <BR> <BR> How I long for the 'morrow. Sun, 11 Jul 2010 05:16:08 EST Night #3 of 5 Fatigue! <BR> <BR> Sleepy! <BR> <BR> *sigh* <BR> Sat, 10 Jul 2010 04:28:40 EST Night #2 of 5 More yoga tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Or maybe a bike ride and taking the dog for a walk. <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Jul 2010 01:41:11 EST Giddyup That's all I really have to say about the first 6 hours of my shift. <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Jul 2010 01:48:28 EST Napoleon Dynamite Or is it, Dynomite? <BR> <BR> Can't recall. <BR> <BR> Anyway... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 00:20:40 EST Yoga before work I led my usual power yoga class this morning, but then had to go to work after. <BR> <BR> What a wonderful centering way to begin the day. <BR> <BR> I've done yoga before work before, of course, but this just happened to be my first time teaching my class and then going to work. <BR> <BR> Namaste. Mon, 5 Jul 2010 08:37:48 EST Katz Extractor Oto-Rhino Foreign Body Remover. <BR> <BR> It's like a tiny Foley catheter. You insert the syringe past the foreign body (in the ear or the nose), inflate the balloon, then gently withdraw. <BR> <BR> But will it work for cockroaches? Sun, 4 Jul 2010 07:54:50 EST Eating Clean vs. Baking I love to bake. <BR> <BR> I'd like to be down about 3 to 5% more in body fat. <BR> <BR> These two are not compatible with one another. <BR> Sat, 3 Jul 2010 08:47:17 EST Penultimate Week of P90X Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps today. <BR> <BR> Back & Biceps on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Legs & Back on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Recovery week... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 08:51:57 EST Learning to Ride a Bike I'm working at this with my 6-year-old. <BR> <BR> It is one of my earliest memories of childhood. <BR> <BR> So far no disastrous spills. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 10:27:44 EST What Does it Mean to Be Physically Fit? Physical fitness is probably best exemplified by an Olympic athlete, in particular gymnasts. Physical fitness is composed of four components: cardiovascular endurance, lean body mass, muscular strength, and flexibility. I would also contend that coordination and balance is a fifth category. Let’s explore each of these separately. <BR> <BR> Cardiovascular endurance is generally what people think of when someone talks about “being in shape.” This is how effectively your heart, lungs, and... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 10:45:17 EST Post-night shift Yoga Class I teach a yoga class in just under 5 hours. <BR> <BR> After food poisoning a week ago, and some busy nights here at work, I hope not to seem too sluggish. <BR> <BR> Here's hoping.... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 01:21:19 EST Food Poisoning Thank you, Fiesta Texas for my 5-pound weight loss this past weekend. <BR> <BR> If I had it to do over again, I would prefer to at least be offered the choice, however. <BR> <BR> Nothing burns calories like an increased metabolic rate due to fever, though. <BR> <BR> Can't say I'd recommend this to my friends.... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 06:58:28 EST P90X I did Legs & Back today. <BR> <BR> I had to come in to work early so I didn't have time for Ab Ripper X. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to a few days off.... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 11:54:02 EST Less than 100 points until my next trophy... Am I the only one who really gets excited and looks forward to this? <BR> <BR> I realize there is no monetary worth--I think that makes it all the more valuable to me. <BR> <BR> *smile* <BR> <BR> Looking forward to a shiny new trophy.... Sun, 16 May 2010 05:21:35 EST Just for points my workplace is crazy. <BR> <BR> this is the only post i can manage at the moment. <BR> <BR> Sat, 15 May 2010 22:59:10 EST Night Shifts Adapting to night shifts post-Lasik. <BR> <BR> Dry eyes are prominent. <BR> <BR> Fatigue is a given. <BR> <BR> *sigh* Fri, 14 May 2010 05:56:06 EST Dog sleeping on my lap Ssshhhh. <BR> <BR> I can't type much or I'll wake up Lily. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 13 May 2010 13:18:04 EST